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Which states are the best and worst at vaccinating their kids

WASHINGTON — “Thank God for Mississippi,” the old saying goes. The idea here being that no matter how badly things are in your state — when it comes to health, or income, or education — there’s a good chance that you’re still doing better than Mississippi, which holds the dubious distinction of ranking dead last among the states on a variety of well-being indicators.

Gas blast wrecks Mexico children’s hospital

MEXICO CITY — Injured and bleeding, mothers grasping infants in their arms fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers began smashing sledgehammers through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped.

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Study shows race, ethnicity and poverty impact childhood asthma more than where a person lives

For more than 50 years, researchers have described childhood asthma as a plague of the inner city — urban areas where 20 percent or more of the population lives below the poverty line. But a new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine suggests that isn’t true, and that race, ethnicity and poverty are more closely associated with the lung disease than location in urban neighborhoods.